Former Fordingbridge prep school John Paul Clarke admitted dowloading almost 200 indecent images of children

John Paul Clarke was spared jail after admitting downloading almost 200 indecent images of children

John Paul Clarke was spared jail after admitting downloading almost 200 indecent images of children

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A FORMER teacher at a Fordingbridge prep school has admitted downloading almost 200 indecent images of children.

“Dedicated and competent” John Paul Clarke searched on Russian websites for photographs of young boys while living in a flat in the grounds of Forres Sandle Manor.

Police discovered he had used terms including ‘teen boy’ and ‘boy punishment’ as search terms, even accessing images on his laptop just hours before he was arrested.

Clarke was yesterday spared jail at Bournemouth Crown Court after a judge said it was in the public interest to rehabilitate the 35-year-old instead.

He had admitted 17 counts of making indecent images before magistrates.

Anita Gibson-Lee, prosecuting, said police had first started to investigate Clarke after he ordered a DVD involving footage of young children online using his personal email address.

She said: “He gave consent for his Toshiba laptop to be examined.

“He stated at that time that no indecent images of children would be found.”

However, officers discovered he had been accessing indecent images of children.

Mitigating, Richard Martin said parents at the school had taken the unusual step of writing letters to the judge in support of the defendant.

“He made a very full and frank admission to the offences. This is a defendant of previous good character and I am able to put before the court a bundle of references,” he said.

He added that Clarke was a “vulnerable” man who would “struggle in custody”.

“He has clearly suffered something as a child that may well be coming back to haunt him,” Mr Martin said.

Sentencing Clarke, of Banks Road, Poole, to a three-year supervised community order with a requirement to attend a treatment programme, as well as an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, Judge Samuel Wiggs explained that he would otherwise be limited to a six-month sentence of imprisonment.

“I have to consider what is the right sentence in the interests of the public, in the interests of the law and indeed in your own interests,” he said.

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10:28am Thu 28 Aug 14

Outside of the Box says...

What a disgusting, vile man I hope his SOPO includes not being allowed near a computer, mobile phone or laptop. .
What a disgusting, vile man I hope his SOPO includes not being allowed near a computer, mobile phone or laptop. . Outside of the Box
  • Score: 3

10:43am Thu 28 Aug 14

lillylooper says...

Clarke was a “vulnerable” man who would “struggle in custody”.

what has that got to do with anything ? A teacher downloading **** involving children yes that really sounds like a vulnerable man
Clarke was a “vulnerable” man who would “struggle in custody”. what has that got to do with anything ? A teacher downloading **** involving children yes that really sounds like a vulnerable man lillylooper
  • Score: 13

10:58am Thu 28 Aug 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless. likewatchingbrazil
  • Score: 14

11:28am Thu 28 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

If the police can check what someone is ordering online, why can't the police actually prevent these images being available online? I know it sounds obvious but, by all accounts, this report doesn't indicate that the former teacher physically touched or abuse any of the children.

Yes, he does appear to have made images but we don't know the detail of that and it could have been the editing of existing images just as much as taking new photographs with children present. But if he was merely looking at images, surely the real criminal is the original source?

I'm not excusing what he has done, but I am just mystified why he was caught placing an online order when the images are, presumably, readily available to download at the click of a button. Why can't more be done to control and restrict internet content?
If the police can check what someone is ordering online, why can't the police actually prevent these images being available online? I know it sounds obvious but, by all accounts, this report doesn't indicate that the former teacher physically touched or abuse any of the children. Yes, he does appear to have made images but we don't know the detail of that and it could have been the editing of existing images just as much as taking new photographs with children present. But if he was merely looking at images, surely the real criminal is the original source? I'm not excusing what he has done, but I am just mystified why he was caught placing an online order when the images are, presumably, readily available to download at the click of a button. Why can't more be done to control and restrict internet content? eurogordi
  • Score: 5

11:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE !
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.[/p][/quote]bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

11:38am Thu 28 Aug 14

eurogordi says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE !
I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.[/p][/quote]bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE ![/p][/quote]I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation. eurogordi
  • Score: 3

11:47am Thu 28 Aug 14

Mumto25 says...

I cannot believe that they are worried about him being vulnerable , what a travesty , what about the children he was looking at , do they not think about how vulnerable they are to disgusting , dirty people like him . He should have been locked up . There is no justice for the victims these days , all they seem to worry about is the offenders rights .
And even though he was only looking at pictures , these kids are still victims . What was the next step for his sick perverted mind . And to think he was teaching .
I cannot believe that they are worried about him being vulnerable , what a travesty , what about the children he was looking at , do they not think about how vulnerable they are to disgusting , dirty people like him . He should have been locked up . There is no justice for the victims these days , all they seem to worry about is the offenders rights . And even though he was only looking at pictures , these kids are still victims . What was the next step for his sick perverted mind . And to think he was teaching . Mumto25
  • Score: 7

12:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

deepheat says...

He knows and understands the difference between right and wrong.
What he did was wrong yet he carried on doing it.

By giving him a slap on the wrist and not a prison sentence means he can carry on doing what he knows is wrong. I reckon the judges decision might be reviewed.
He knows and understands the difference between right and wrong. What he did was wrong yet he carried on doing it. By giving him a slap on the wrist and not a prison sentence means he can carry on doing what he knows is wrong. I reckon the judges decision might be reviewed. deepheat
  • Score: 8

12:57pm Thu 28 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

eurogordi wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE !
I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation.
well i m speachless , how an earth can you say it has nothing to do with the case, paedophiles are paedophiles and if our institution didn t condone it maybe it would nt be so rife in society , it needs bringing to the publics attention ,and not viewed through the rose tinted distorted corrupt biassed main stream media channel 4 asside ,channel 4 were the only ones to mention the freemasonic brotherhood covering for each other and white washing everything , and people thumbing this down without watching the staggering evidence are deserting the helpless young victims,condoning child snuff **** and paedophillia ! which has been covered up vigorously by ouy sytem for decades , jimmy sa vile is just one of many cases . PERIOD ! SICK fxxxx !
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.[/p][/quote]bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE ![/p][/quote]I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation.[/p][/quote]well i m speachless , how an earth can you say it has nothing to do with the case, paedophiles are paedophiles and if our institution didn t condone it maybe it would nt be so rife in society , it needs bringing to the publics attention ,and not viewed through the rose tinted distorted corrupt biassed main stream media channel 4 asside ,channel 4 were the only ones to mention the freemasonic brotherhood covering for each other and white washing everything , and people thumbing this down without watching the staggering evidence are deserting the helpless young victims,condoning child snuff **** and paedophillia ! which has been covered up vigorously by ouy sytem for decades , jimmy sa vile is just one of many cases . PERIOD ! SICK fxxxx ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 9

1:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

So if we struggle in custody they will let us off? Custody isn't supposed to be easy! Might as well let the majority of our prisoners loose. Although with the ridiculously short sentences in the UK most of them might as well just walk free anyway.
So if we struggle in custody they will let us off? Custody isn't supposed to be easy! Might as well let the majority of our prisoners loose. Although with the ridiculously short sentences in the UK most of them might as well just walk free anyway. riverbanks
  • Score: 3

2:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

There were other sentencing guidelines available to the judge, why was he not sent to a Mental Health Unit for treatment?

I'm sorry but anyone of this age shouldn't even find children attractive, yet alone want to see them naked.

I guess it's like anything in life you start off at some point and you gain confidence and move on, how long before someone gets hurt?
There were other sentencing guidelines available to the judge, why was he not sent to a Mental Health Unit for treatment? I'm sorry but anyone of this age shouldn't even find children attractive, yet alone want to see them naked. I guess it's like anything in life you start off at some point and you gain confidence and move on, how long before someone gets hurt? IronLady2010
  • Score: 7

3:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

StopMoaningPeople says...

Yum ;)
Yum ;) StopMoaningPeople
  • Score: -11

3:04pm Thu 28 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

What about respecting peoples beliefs. You may not agree with it but aren't we on the verge of racism?
What about respecting peoples beliefs. You may not agree with it but aren't we on the verge of racism? TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: -1

4:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

How is this even news anyway?!?!?! What about Bournemouth winning 3-0 on Tuesday! Get your priorities right Echo!
How is this even news anyway?!?!?! What about Bournemouth winning 3-0 on Tuesday! Get your priorities right Echo! TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: -7

4:25pm Thu 28 Aug 14

StopMoaningPeople says...

TruthTellerTomIV wrote:
How is this even news anyway?!?!?! What about Bournemouth winning 3-0 on Tuesday! Get your priorities right Echo!
UP THE CHERRIES
[quote][p][bold]TruthTellerTomIV[/bold] wrote: How is this even news anyway?!?!?! What about Bournemouth winning 3-0 on Tuesday! Get your priorities right Echo![/p][/quote]UP THE CHERRIES StopMoaningPeople
  • Score: -4

4:35pm Thu 28 Aug 14

professore says...

Huh!
Poor lamb
I'm still "haunted" by what happened to me at that ghastly school fifty years ago
Huh! Poor lamb I'm still "haunted" by what happened to me at that ghastly school fifty years ago professore
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

eurogordi wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
likewatchingbrazil wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE !
I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation.
and as for ben fellows and many other vicims the sytem lies , twist s , distorts , manipultes and discredits victims to shut them up , this is fact , the victims now are being looked after better and being listened too more and they are coming out of the woodwork ! for those who have never heard of ben fellows , he was an actor working for anglia tv and posed as a 15 year old who was working under cover for the cook report , he went into parliament to investigate the cash for questions thing , he was fitted with a hidden cammera and also had a cammera secretly installed in his brief case he met steven greer and kenneth clark who had no idea they were being filmed , i l let you find out the rest from pie and mash films .
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.[/p][/quote]bill malloney @pie and mash films , this guys involved in operation yew tree , watch and circulate .this guy tell s you what the mainstream media does nt i would shake this man by the hand if i ever met him , a very brave man , he does a great interview with ben fellows also and covers in depth what actually happened at the childrens home in jersey , dont bother watching if you have a week stomach , it reduced my wife to tears . This institutional satanistic paedo ring thats been operating in the uk for DECADES must be fully aired . THE LONDON TAPE ![/p][/quote]I'm not sure what this comment has to do with the above story and you must be very gullible if you believe everything written about Ben Fellows. He is not exactly innocent himself when it comes to misrepresentation.[/p][/quote]and as for ben fellows and many other vicims the sytem lies , twist s , distorts , manipultes and discredits victims to shut them up , this is fact , the victims now are being looked after better and being listened too more and they are coming out of the woodwork ! for those who have never heard of ben fellows , he was an actor working for anglia tv and posed as a 15 year old who was working under cover for the cook report , he went into parliament to investigate the cash for questions thing , he was fitted with a hidden cammera and also had a cammera secretly installed in his brief case he met steven greer and kenneth clark who had no idea they were being filmed , i l let you find out the rest from pie and mash films . noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Thu 28 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.
LODGE BODGE ! I bet ...
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: yet another let off for a peado, judges in this country are useless.[/p][/quote]LODGE BODGE ! I bet ... noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

8:22am Fri 29 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

This man is a sick paedo and i can't believe he walked away from court. If i found out a teacher was looking at kids i certainly would not write a letter of support. What's up with these people? Be a different story if the perv was looking at their kids.
This man is a sick paedo and i can't believe he walked away from court. If i found out a teacher was looking at kids i certainly would not write a letter of support. What's up with these people? Be a different story if the perv was looking at their kids. excusemoi
  • Score: 0

9:19am Fri 29 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

excusemoi wrote:
This man is a sick paedo and i can't believe he walked away from court. If i found out a teacher was looking at kids i certainly would not write a letter of support. What's up with these people? Be a different story if the perv was looking at their kids.
Why are you saying mean things about him? Would you like it if he said mean things about you. Sexist!
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: This man is a sick paedo and i can't believe he walked away from court. If i found out a teacher was looking at kids i certainly would not write a letter of support. What's up with these people? Be a different story if the perv was looking at their kids.[/p][/quote]Why are you saying mean things about him? Would you like it if he said mean things about you. Sexist! TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: 0

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